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Rapper/Actor Ludacris goes on “Stay in School” community service tour

Ludacris talks to the kids of Thurgood Marshall High from Get Schooled on Vimeo.

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Campus Life

Hampton University launches National Center on African American Marriages and Parenting

Seventy-two percent of black babies are born to unmarried mothers today, according to government statistics. This number is inseparable from the work of Carroll, an obstetrician who has dedicated her 40-year career to helping black women.

“The girls don’t think they have to get married. I tell them children deserve a mama and a daddy. They really do,” Carroll says from behind the desk of her office, which has cushioned pink-and-green armchairs, bars on the windows, and a wooden “LOVE” carving between two African figurines. Diamonds circle Carroll’s ring finger.

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First Somali-American to hold public office in Minnesota

Minneapolis voters have elected the first Somali-American to hold public office in Minnesota, and likely the nation.

Hussein Samatar fled the civil war of his East African homeland nearly two decades ago, with basic survival as his only concern. Last night, the nonprofit leader won a seat on the Minneapolis school board.

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Missing a parent-teacher conference could mean jail time for Detroit residents

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy defended her plan to jail parents who repeatedly miss conferences with their children’s teachers during an appearance today on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Worthy said many people think she is looking to simply jail people for three days if they miss a parent-teacher conference, but she said her plan is not that strict. She is calling for the jail stay if a parent repeatedly misses conferences and isn’t in touch with teachers and school officials.

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Review: Waiting for Superman

“Waiting for Superman”

This film documented the public school system and how it affects our communities, cities, and country as a whole. It was an eye opener to how bad things have really gotten in the system. Public schools can work but the issues lie in the control the government has over the rules and regulation set forth upon every single school across the nation. There is a breakdown in communication between the federal government and state governments. Honestly, it comes down to money. There are so many funds available to put into the schools systems in order to provide better facilities to enhance the learning experience, but they are not being applied properly. The government is not willing to change the rules that are stated in these contracts in order to take out the bad apples (unmotivated teachers and a failing approach to educate). I am not sure exactly why the change won’t come. If it’s not working, try something new.

This documentary showcased a few children and their parents that were in some of the worst schools across the nation. The parents of these children had entered their child into a lottery for a better school that only had a few spots available in hopes their child would be chosen and given a way out. It was evident how important this chance would be to attend these high excelling schools. The statistics were mind blowing. In most public schools, so many students walk in on their first day of school with so much ambition and potential, and before you know it, they were dropping out. If they made it to graduation, they had reading, math and English levels that acceptable for elementary school. But students enroll in the better schools were all graduating and going on to college.

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I am a product of both private and public school. I attended public school from k-5th grade. My mom was fed up with the system because I wasn’t excelling. Instead, I was getting in trouble and kicked out of class constantly for too much talking and disrupting the class. I was not a bad child. Quite frankly, I was bored and needed more of a challenge. I grew up in one of the richest counties and best school systems in the country but even there, the problems crept in. The following year, I attended a private school but was held back to the 5th grade because my academic level was not where it should have been. I made so many improvements over the next 3 years that I was able to skip back to the appropriate grade. In 10th grade, I went back to public school (it took much begging and pleading) and I found a new freedom but my grades suffered. My teachers didn’t care if I learned or did homework. In 11th grade, I moved to another county and switched schools. I did much better there and went back to being the A student I was. These teachers, guidance counselors, administrators, and principals were more invested in me. I felt like they actually cared about me and where my future was going. Oh what a wonderful feeling. And as expected in my household, I went on to college. Through my experience in both public and private, I see how children can fall between the cracks in public schools due to overcrowding and a slack application process for teachers. I vowed that my children will never go to a public school.

“Waiting for Superman” is a must see! Even if you do not have children, you should still feel responsible. The children of our nation barely rank up against the rest of the world. Think about this, if we want to keep jobs here in the US, we need qualified people in order to fill those positions that are needed here. Cheap labor isn’t the only reason companies are moving their workforce abroad. So without a proper foundation and education, we as a country will lose everything to other countries. Please go out and support this. You may be moved to become part of the solution.

www.waitingforsuperman.com

Danielle McGhee


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News

The first Barack Obama Elementary School opened today in Maryland

The first school in the D.C. area named after the current president opens Monday morning as the school year begins in Prince George’s County.

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Education

New study shows New York Public Schools are unable to teach Black male students

The city is one of the 10 worst-performing large school districts in the nation when it comes to African-American boys.

The Schott Foundation for Public Education study looked at graduation rates, performance on national tests and participation in gifted and Advanced Placement classes – and the picture is devastating.

National tests showed 9% of New York’s black male eighth-graders were reading at grade level in 2009, compared with 10% in 2003.

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Neighborhood violence lowers test scores

Neighborhood homicides can have a detrimental effect on Chicago school children’s academic performance, whether they witness the violence or not, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.